I hope that what you do brings you joy. I hope that when you wake up in the mornings you don’t dread what lies ahead.
I’ve told you this before but for the new friends, I’ll say it again. I get nervous before every session. Not a nervous like, oh gosh what am I doing sort of way. More like butterflies and eagerness to get to the location, hug my couple or family and get started sort of feeling.
The forecast freaks me out because I have ZERO control over it and two major factors for me are a stellar location and a well thought out start time to provide us with the best lighting scenario.
Typically I say a quick prayer before each session. Just something I’d do in my car before they arrived. Today I did something different.
Today I sat down on my bedroom floor and took 10 really deep breaths. In the nose out the mouth. It calmed (like freakishly calmed) me. I followed that with a prayer. A really intentional and rather long prayer. It made me cry.
So many feelings rushed over me. I felt more at ease going into a session than I ever have before and guys...it was raining out my window as I was getting ready to leave.
Still, I felt this wave of calm rush over me and I felt nothing but happiness and pure excitement as I met my couple for the first time.
Their session was a dream. The clouds and rain held strong for us and I got into my car to head home feeling SO unbelievably grateful for what I do.
GOD, I LOVE IT! (Yes, all caps felt necessary)
The moment I captured this very *unplanned moment* I KNEW it would be a favorite of mine from the session and one that embodies the way I feel about all of you who allow me to do this as a career.
I’m curious photographers...do you have any “pre session rituals” before you head out? Anyone else still feel nerves even though it’s been years?! If so, you’re not alone and I think means you really, REALLY care!
What about the families and couples out there?! What emotions are you feeling before a session begins? Please share! I’d love some BTS! - 27 minutes ago